I am trying to be a Yes Woman this summer (and beyond).
I want to live my life in such a way that I look back and think Damn I had fun! Not in an irresponsible, chaotic way, but in work hard play hard fashion. I want to do the work necessary to ensure the future that I want for myself, but I don’t mind doing it slowly. I still need to talk to more people about this, but I am currently at the conclusion that taking a couple years off between undergrad and med school (or grad school?..) is more than okay, beneficial even. I want to enjoy my time while I am in school, not hermit myself in my room studying for 5 classes and the MCAT and GRE, in between working 2 jobs, 3 internships, volunteering, staying active, and attending various groups meetings. All of those things will get done, but in due time.
We only have one life to life to live.
So why not fill it to the brim with unique experiences, people, and places? Each additional person you have met, place you have visited, and thing you have done adds depth to your perception and alters your perspective. A broader lens enables people to see more of the world in its true light. This world could definitely use a few more open-minded and open-hearted people, so I have been trying to do something new and/or strengthen a new or existing friendship every day. So far it has been going very well!
On Monday, a group of friends (both new and old!) and I went to a trivia night at cute restaurant downtown. The questions were ridiculously hard, so it turned more into a girltalk that lasted for hours. Marvelous.
On Tuesday, I went to a restaurant I had never been to before to catch up with my friend Sarah. And I ordered ginger seitan…… who am I?
On Wednesday, I went to a well-loved 1$ pint night at a local brewery that I had never attended. I met up with a friend and a large group of her friends and ended up having a blast playing various drinking games at table outside.
On Thursday, I made some amazing new friends at an intimate potluck dinner at Megan’s house. There was wine and pasta and basil buttered veggies and carrot cake cookies and hours of conversation ranging from summer camp experiences to the prison industrial complex to the cute guy that works at that coffee shop.
I simply sauteed chopped zucchini and squash on the stove with a few spoonfuls of basil butter and topped it all with crushed pecans and walnuts.
Addie, Megan, Me, Dominique (there were several unpictured fabulous women!)
On Friday, I went back to Delta of Venus with my housemate Kristi,whom I hadnt seen in months, and caught up with her while enjoying some delicious Caribbean food.
On Saturday, I drove to San Francisco and checked out the Gay Pride Festival. It was nuts. People were wearing the most fabulous costumes….or nothing at all! Did you know that New York just approved gay marriage? Nowyado.
I had intended on staying the night and going to the parade this morning, but plans fell through. Pero, c’est la vie. Instead I went home and convinced my other housemate, Chelsea, to check out the Davis Music Festival with me. We only caught the last two bands, but we danced and danced until our legs started to cramp.
Today is all about calculus, cooking, and taking Nina to a new doggy park to socialize.
And to fuel all of these work hard – play hard days….
Whole Grain Blackberry Pecan Muffins
(High fiber & Sugar free!)
Recipe: Makes ~5 muffins
1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup NuNaturals baking blend stevia (1/4 cup is for a mildly sweet muffin. You can sub in real sugar in equal quantities to the baking blend stevia!)
1/4 cup chopped pecans (I used roasted & salted)
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup sour cream
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp melted butter
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3/4 cup fresh blackberries
Directions – Preheat the oven to 375. Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Combine all the wet ingredients, except the blubes, in another bowl and mix well. Pour the wet over the dry and gently mix with a spatula. Fold in the blueberries. Divide the batter into a well greased muffin tin. If desired, sprinkle the tops of the batter with a mixture of chopped pecans and sugar, for a crispy sweet topping. Bake for about 20 minutes, until muffins pass the toothpick test.
Blackberries * an extremely concentrated source of antioxidants, including polyphenols, tannins and anythocyanins. They are high in fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K and a source of folate, vitamin E, vitamin A, copper, and manganese.
Whole wheat flour * unlike refined flour, whole wheat flour has more B vitamins, fiber, folic acid, calcium, zinc, phosphorous, copper, and iron. Whole grains reduce your risk for diabetes and have also been linked to weight loss and maintaining a lower BMI.